‘Most satisfying win of the year’, says Francis Cummins as injury-crippled Bradford Bulls shock Warrington

SMILES BETTER: Tom Olbison, left, earns the plaudits after getting his name on the scoresheet

SMILES BETTER: Tom Olbison, left, earns the plaudits after getting his name on the scoresheet

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Francis Cummins hailed yesterday’s 34-28 success over Warrington as the Bulls’ most important win of the season as they climbed off the foot of the Super League table.

The Bulls were already decimated by injuries before Luke George was ruled out prior to kick-off with a rib cartilage problem and Brett Kearney then departed after 25 minutes with a suspected broken thumb.

Yet they showed remarkable spirit to beat Warrington for the first time since 2009.

Head coach Cummins, whose side moved onto zero points and above London Broncos on points difference, said: “It was a massive win and the most satisfying of the year, no doubt, against a great team in Warrington.

“We’ve been trying to get to zero points since the third week of the season, so it’s great to finally do that.

“We only had one prop by Thursday morning and we knew it was going to be a tough old day. But then we signed Antonio Kaufusi, who I thought was great, plus the young lads, Sam Bates and Alex Mellor, were also outstanding for us off the bench.

“The lads have all done a massive shift today; they have done me, the owner and the fans proud.

“It’s amazing what you can do when everyone is working together. If we can keep this character, and a little more game-management as well as getting a few players back from injury, then we’re going to put a few teams under a lot of pressure.

“It wasn’t pretty at times but we got the win and that’s all that matters.”

Cummins said that Jamal Fakir will be out for several weeks after undergoing surgery on a badly broken finger but Manase Manuokafoa is expected to be back for Sunday’s home game with St Helens after a hamstring injury.

Kaufusi looks set to play a pivotal role in the next month and said: “I’m delighted with my debut. Saturday morning was my first run with the boys and it was great to get off to a good start.

"I need to play footie and I’ve got this opportunity but I don’t have a point to prove to anybody. For me it’s just about playing my role within the team and I’ve done that today.”

The Bulls remain six points behind Wakefield after the Wildcats won 23-16 at Hull FC yesterday, while their points appeal is expected to be heard next week before the Magic Weekend.

Warrington coach Tony Smith admitted Bradford wanted the victory more than his team and said: “They are playing with a lot of spirit. Franny is a talented young coach and what he is getting out of his players is enormous.

“I felt for him last week when the club issued that statement that challenged his players’ commitment – I thought that was outrageous.

“Franny has done a remarkable job here for the last couple of years and it might need to be some of the other things that go on here that should be looked at rather than Franny’s capabilities.”

Meanwhile, Cummins said he was hopeful of adding to his squad early this week and possibly even tomorrow.

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7:27am Mon 5 May 14

bullybullman says...

Massive win for us & a great game too we were deserved winners yesterday no fluke just a solid well earned win. Shame about Wakey winning but we will push on from this & who knows maybe our next scalp will be saints!

Massive respect to the players & coaching team but also to our Real supporters who were once again vocal & really spurred the team on.
Massive win for us & a great game too we were deserved winners yesterday no fluke just a solid well earned win. Shame about Wakey winning but we will push on from this & who knows maybe our next scalp will be saints! Massive respect to the players & coaching team but also to our Real supporters who were once again vocal & really spurred the team on. bullybullman
  • Score: 22

7:41am Mon 5 May 14

expatbull says...

The atmosphere returned to Odsal just like the old days every player stood up and was counted. GREAT feeling more of the same, let a couple of easy tries in, hope Brett's thumbs not as bad as it seemed lad was in agony hence the spewing.
The atmosphere returned to Odsal just like the old days every player stood up and was counted. GREAT feeling more of the same, let a couple of easy tries in, hope Brett's thumbs not as bad as it seemed lad was in agony hence the spewing. expatbull
  • Score: 18

7:43am Mon 5 May 14

Paul from Idle says...

Great win, with Wakey winning it was even more vital.
Whilst I agree with Smiths comments the pressure every one at the club is under is immense and let's hope this win gets the crowds back
Great win, with Wakey winning it was even more vital. Whilst I agree with Smiths comments the pressure every one at the club is under is immense and let's hope this win gets the crowds back Paul from Idle
  • Score: 16

8:17am Mon 5 May 14

caledonia15 says...

A superb performance from the bulls yesterday, the spirit within the players shone through, they really wanted that result and after the showings against Leeds and Wigan it was wonderful. Lets hope we can now kick on and get a few more wins and climb the table, it just makes you wonder if we had been allowed to compete on a level playing field by the powers that be, just where would we be this season?.
I have got alot of time for Tony Smith, the loan signings he has allowed to come to the Bulls, his generous comments in defeat and i noticed as the Bulls players left the field yesterday he shook them all by the hand, a true gentleman,
A superb performance from the bulls yesterday, the spirit within the players shone through, they really wanted that result and after the showings against Leeds and Wigan it was wonderful. Lets hope we can now kick on and get a few more wins and climb the table, it just makes you wonder if we had been allowed to compete on a level playing field by the powers that be, just where would we be this season?. I have got alot of time for Tony Smith, the loan signings he has allowed to come to the Bulls, his generous comments in defeat and i noticed as the Bulls players left the field yesterday he shook them all by the hand, a true gentleman, caledonia15
  • Score: 21

8:24am Mon 5 May 14

Blotto says...

I can understand Tony Smith not liking Steve Ferres publically calling the Players to step back up. It wasn't just a case of a Senior Manager overriding the Coach, it was someone whose played the game and also understands when the Players aren't as committed, which was what happened when the Club was finally brought out of admin, there was just a collective sigh of relief and a loss of focus. It was the right thing to do and didn't undermine Franny it reinforced his position. Tony Smith is more worried about his Clubs Chairman coming down and speaking forcibly to his Players. We still need a more settled team and large rubs of the green to see the Bulls in a position to stave off relegation but as you say COYB's
I can understand Tony Smith not liking Steve Ferres publically calling the Players to step back up. It wasn't just a case of a Senior Manager overriding the Coach, it was someone whose played the game and also understands when the Players aren't as committed, which was what happened when the Club was finally brought out of admin, there was just a collective sigh of relief and a loss of focus. It was the right thing to do and didn't undermine Franny it reinforced his position. Tony Smith is more worried about his Clubs Chairman coming down and speaking forcibly to his Players. We still need a more settled team and large rubs of the green to see the Bulls in a position to stave off relegation but as you say COYB's Blotto
  • Score: 13

9:36am Mon 5 May 14

bullybullman says...

caledonia15 wrote:
A superb performance from the bulls yesterday, the spirit within the players shone through, they really wanted that result and after the showings against Leeds and Wigan it was wonderful. Lets hope we can now kick on and get a few more wins and climb the table, it just makes you wonder if we had been allowed to compete on a level playing field by the powers that be, just where would we be this season?.
I have got alot of time for Tony Smith, the loan signings he has allowed to come to the Bulls, his generous comments in defeat and i noticed as the Bulls players left the field yesterday he shook them all by the hand, a true gentleman,
Spot on big Respect to Tony Smith too & alot of the Wire fans were gracious in defeat too.
[quote][p][bold]caledonia15[/bold] wrote: A superb performance from the bulls yesterday, the spirit within the players shone through, they really wanted that result and after the showings against Leeds and Wigan it was wonderful. Lets hope we can now kick on and get a few more wins and climb the table, it just makes you wonder if we had been allowed to compete on a level playing field by the powers that be, just where would we be this season?. I have got alot of time for Tony Smith, the loan signings he has allowed to come to the Bulls, his generous comments in defeat and i noticed as the Bulls players left the field yesterday he shook them all by the hand, a true gentleman,[/p][/quote]Spot on big Respect to Tony Smith too & alot of the Wire fans were gracious in defeat too. bullybullman
  • Score: 12

9:44am Mon 5 May 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Absolutely fantastic effort and no little skill from all 17 yesterday just like the old days a proper up and at em bulls performance. Kaufusi was awesome and so was Sidlow, Gaskell at FB a revelation. Hope BK's injury is not as bad a sit sounds and he is back soon. Full credit to FC for ringing the changes and trusting Bates and Mellor, both of whom were excellent.

Regards Tony Smith's comments, I understand where he's coming from and nobody doubts the herculean task FC has had but I think Steve Ferres was entitled to make that statement and right to do so, moreover it would seem to have had a very positive effect in focussing some minds.

We are at least back on our feet now and can move on from here with confidence. COYB!!!
Absolutely fantastic effort and no little skill from all 17 yesterday just like the old days a proper up and at em bulls performance. Kaufusi was awesome and so was Sidlow, Gaskell at FB a revelation. Hope BK's injury is not as bad a sit sounds and he is back soon. Full credit to FC for ringing the changes and trusting Bates and Mellor, both of whom were excellent. Regards Tony Smith's comments, I understand where he's coming from and nobody doubts the herculean task FC has had but I think Steve Ferres was entitled to make that statement and right to do so, moreover it would seem to have had a very positive effect in focussing some minds. We are at least back on our feet now and can move on from here with confidence. COYB!!! Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 7

11:41am Mon 5 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Saints by 30
weatherspoons lunch anyone ?
Saints by 30 weatherspoons lunch anyone ? axelf1963
  • Score: -22

12:33pm Mon 5 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Get back to work Axel and help to boost my pension.Are you still Head coach at Wyke A.R.L.F.C or have they sacked you yet.
Get back to work Axel and help to boost my pension.Are you still Head coach at Wyke A.R.L.F.C or have they sacked you yet. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 8

1:07pm Mon 5 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Don't be like that Spangles I thought we were friends. Do you think the coaching change at London will change their fortunes ?
Don't be like that Spangles I thought we were friends. Do you think the coaching change at London will change their fortunes ? axelf1963
  • Score: -3

2:37pm Mon 5 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axelf,
No, not much,they will still finish bottom.
Axelf, No, not much,they will still finish bottom. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 0

3:17pm Mon 5 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Who to finish second bottom then ? Is it 4 wins needed and Wakey not to win another game ? How many games must that be achieved in ?
Who to finish second bottom then ? Is it 4 wins needed and Wakey not to win another game ? How many games must that be achieved in ? axelf1963
  • Score: -5

10:54pm Mon 5 May 14

bradfordbronco says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Who to finish second bottom then ? Is it 4 wins needed and Wakey not to win another game ? How many games must that be achieved in ?
Do you really have nothing else to do with your time than follow the Bulls so closely?
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Who to finish second bottom then ? Is it 4 wins needed and Wakey not to win another game ? How many games must that be achieved in ?[/p][/quote]Do you really have nothing else to do with your time than follow the Bulls so closely? bradfordbronco
  • Score: 6

10:59pm Mon 5 May 14

bradfordbronco says...

Oswald777 Just remind me, what odds did the bookies give you for the Bulls not winning another SL game? I know I asked you when you said it after the Hull defeat, but you never gave me an answer. I also offered to to take you up on the bet but again you didn't get back to me. Whatever odds they gave you I hope you put loads on it!!
Oswald777 Just remind me, what odds did the bookies give you for the Bulls not winning another SL game? I know I asked you when you said it after the Hull defeat, but you never gave me an answer. I also offered to to take you up on the bet but again you didn't get back to me. Whatever odds they gave you I hope you put loads on it!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 4

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